York Musical Society (YMS) is a large and friendly choral society that rehearses in central York and performs popular and less-known works from the classical choral repertoire.

In normal times, we perform three or four concerts a year, often in the wonderful setting of York Minster, plus smaller events such as carol singing. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings, at St Peter’s School (8–13) in central York. 

For now, we meet and rehearse on Zoom. The Zoom rehearsals, led in alternate weeks by David Pipe and John Bradbury, mix piano-led note-learning with singing along to recordings, making the most of the vast range available and allowing us to feel we are singing with an ensemble not solo at home! As a bonus, visiting professional singers lead warm-ups and offer vocal coaching advice. 

We believe in encouraging more people to sing: we hold choral workshops for singers and open rehearsals for allcomers.

YMS is twinned with a similar-sized choir in Germany, the Philharmonischer Chor Münster. We also share concerts with the Coventry Cathedral Chorus, most recently Mendelssohn’s Elijah in June 2019 in Coventry Cathedral.

The YMS Committee advises that return to face-to-face rehearsals will happen when guidelines allow and when we are completely satisfied that we can provide a Covid-safe environment.

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For further information, please contact us by email at comms@yorkmusicalsociety.org.uk


Thank you for your support; we look forward
to seeing you again in the future.


Future events

November 2021
Informal concert tbc
Chilcott: A Little Jazz Mass
Rutter: A Sprig of Thyme

Saturday December 4th 2021
Festival of Music and Light 2pm–3pm
Fountains Abbey
Usual entry charges apply.

Saturday December 11th 2021
Family Carol Concert 4pm
The Citadel, Gillygate, York 

Saturday January 15th 2022 
Annual Choral Workshop
Karl Jenkins: Symphonic Adiemus
10am–5pm including informal performance
The Citadel, Gillygate, York 

dates tbc / concerts to include the following works
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle 
Mozart: Requiem
Jenkins: The Armed Man

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
with Münster Philharmonischer Chor
our partner choir from York’s twin city in Germany


Our combined 2019/20 and 2020/21 season of concerts
at York Minster is sponsored by Shepherd Group


We look forward to seeing you at our concerts, annual workshop and other events. We always welcome new members and Friends of YMS.
Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings, 7.30–9.30pm, in the Shepherd Hall at St Peter’s School, York. 
For more details, see the
Get Involved page of this website – click here

To read more about YMS, see the About YMS page – click here

Photos of past concerts and events can be seen on our Gallery page


Support YMS by becoming a singing member, Friend or benefactor.